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Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 12:12 pm
Momo = Nino, more or less

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(Anonymous)
Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)

“It’s important to remember that rebellion -- in other words, the part of our value system that is determined by position, by dialectics, by reaction -- is a kind of collaboration with the things rebelled against. For instance, right now I’m wearing a t-shirt turned inside out, because I’ve decided t-shirts with slogans or images on them are naff. I’m listening to a very abstract piece of music by David Toop, partly to erase or complicate the courtyard ambience of Michael Jackson hits and make the soundscape in my flat a bit “classier”. In both cases, my stance is a collaboration with the “naff” things I’m deliberately snubbing. They become the ground to my figure, the thing that makes it connote. I really have to thank the people I’m rebelling against for “collaborating” with me in this way! Without them, I couldn’t be me.”

Maybe you're getting what you really want. Or perhaps young Japanese girls aren't allowed to play dialectics?

I don't know whether to thank you for being so open (vulnerable) or condemn you for being too open. I worry - and I won't be alone in this - that I will still be concerned about these things when I'm my father's age, in the same way that he appears to be (and you appear to be). Part of me hopes that my sex drive will have kindly departed leaving me able to enjoy life free from its incessant nagging.

So when we're reminded that this probably won't happen, it constellates fear, and a certain amount of frustration at the person reminding us; it becomes an unavoidable fate. And the worst of it is that you're not allowed those feelings at that age, you get called, as you frequently do on here, a 'dirty old man' (sometimes you even call yourself it). Perhaps we need to reframe the 'dirty old man'. Rethink him; or, maybe just sit down and really think him for a change, instead of chucking the label at him and then running the hell away. After all, its a fate that awaits a good number of us ...


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